It seems like nowadays everyone has a smart phone, and on that smart phone there is a weather app of some kind. It could be the one that came with your phone or maybe you found one you liked better and downloaded that one. That’s why it boggles my mind why people would mention the weather on social media. They tend to act like we all live in a windowless box, where we are able to see outside or even open the door to see what the weather is like for ourselves. Now there is a new product on the market that will change the way we check the weather. Tempescope is a box that you plug into any regular outlet and it tells you what the weather will be like tomorrow, basically predicting the weather. How cool is that? Not only does it predict the weather, it would look great in most homes. Check out this weather box below.
Ken Kawamoto, who is the inventor of the Tempescope, is a software engineer during the day. He loves to push the limits and pushes himself to, “break the barrier between the digital world and the real world.”
The Tempescope will create actual raindrops, clouds, along with lightning, thunder, and of course sunlight. You can choose to have it display the weather forecast or you can choose to have it display real-time weather as well.
It pulls information from forecasts and weather apps that are found on the internet. At this time though, the weather box does not create snow.
Kawamoto started working on this project in 2012 on the weekends. He lives in Japan on the Okinawa Isles where there is a lot of rain. His original goal was to find a way to always have sunshine inside, while still having the occasional tropical storm. He created the original prototype using a shampoo bottle that he purchased for $1.00.
Kawamoto actually released all of the specs for the Tempescope on an open source platform, so if you have any technical skills, you can make one for yourself.
He released the open source platform of the Tempescope in 2013, which allowed other people to make it as long as they had the tools and know how to do it.
Once they started showing the Tempescope at a few public viewings, they decided to create a commercial version of this weather box. For those of you that aren’t that great with technology, Kawamoto is in the process of creating a crowdfunding campaign which should be ready to go this year sometime. Once they have the commercial version ready, they’ll focus on crowd funding the project.
Check out the video below to see the Tempescope in action.
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I think if I had this I would still check my phone for the weather forecast, but it would be so cool to have something in your house that mimicked the weather outside as well. I love a good thunderstorm. It’s too bad you can’t set it up to do a thunderstorm whenever you tell it to. There isn’t much that is better than sitting inside your house or on your porch while the rain pours down and the thunder shakes everything around you. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get some amazing pictures of the lightning that accompanies it as well. Until that is invented, I definitely would be interested in seeing the Tempescope in action in my house. I bet kids would get a kick out it!